We have been experiencing Arctic cold temperatures here in the upper Midwest since just after Christmas. Yesterday, I was commiserating about the cold with my dentist, who feels the same way about winter that I do. Once Christmas is over, we are in for short, cold days and long nights.
“I don’t like anything about winter,” she said.
“Me either,” I replied.
But I was wrong: there is ONE thing I like about winter (OK, two things!). First, the landscape just after a snowfall, when snow laces each tree branch and the ground is pristine and white. (Best if admired from INSIDE the house!) Admittedly, it is a very photogenic time, though lacking much color.
The second thing I like about winter is the END of winter – perhaps a little before the official end on March 21-22, when new growth appears, in my garden and around the neighborhood. And I wouldn’t appreciate this so much if we hadn’t gone through the winter months first. It’s amazing how perennials hibernate under the ground all winter and still survive to poke their way out into the sunshine.
New life in a new season of growth. Springtime!
We are subject to the whims of the weather. The first photo was taken at about the same time (mid-March) as the others, but in different years!
(I know – I’m submitting twice for this challenge – is that cheating??)